Music plays an important role in everyone’s life. It is an extension of our personality. Taste of music might vary from person to person but we all deserve the best speakers to listen to our favorite music. In today’s world, it is all about listening to music on the go and hence the experience is more personalized. We mostly prefer earphones or headphones for listening to music but there a lot of people who likes to listen to their music using speakers. These speakers are mostly portable, wireless and work via Bluetooth. They come in different sizes and one should have a Bluetooth speaker at home if they are into music.
A portable Bluetooth speaker makes the life of any party. Nowadays, we get waterproof wireless speakers that can be used in pools and thus you can literally carry portable speakers and play them by your swimming pools or near a beach and have your own little party without worrying about damaging them. The convenience and use case of Bluetooth speakers are immense and there is absolutely no downside. Another important and new category in this space is the smart speakers. They can absolutely automate your home. You can play music, search the web, shop from the web, switch off/on your smart lights and do much more. These speakers are powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and they are the next big thing in the world of speakers.
Today, we bring you the top 10 best portable Bluetooth speakers that are currently available in the market. There are a lot of portable speakers in various price segments and it is very difficult to narrow down to top 10. We have done a lot of research and would be constantly updating the list to reflect the latest launches from this segment. So without any further ado, let’s get started.
Check out the best portable Bluetooth speakers
1. Ultimate Ears Blast
Ultimate Ears is a renowned brand in the speaker industry. It is actually owned by Logitech and is a premium audio company. Ultimate Ears popularly known as UE launched the Blast, that is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, the smart assistant. You can just ask Alexa to play music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or any other service, change tracks, discover new restaurants or try any of Alexa’s skills to automate your home. Ultimate Ears Blast is one of the best smart Bluetooth speakers in the town right now. It offers 360-degree surround sound that is crystal clear, bold and immersive.
The UE Blast will provide you up to 12 hours of battery life. It is ultra-portable and supports WiFi and Bluetooth. You can use the Alexa voice service at home or on the go after connecting the speaker to a WiFi network or a mobile hotspot or stream music via Bluetooth from your smartphone. It is also waterproof as it comes with IP67 certification. Thus, you can immerse it in water up to 1 metre for 30 minutes. So you can easily have a blast by your poolside with the UE Blast. It has a Bluetooth range of 45m and a WiFi range of 100m.
The Ultimate Ears will also get smarter over time with new features by getting updated with the Ultimate Ears app. In our opinion, this is one of the best portable wireless bluetooth speakers in the world and now it has become smart as well.
2. JBL Charge 3
JBL Charge 3 is a powerful portable Bluetooth speaker that is waterproof as well. It gives the option of connecting up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker wirelessly via Bluetooth and take turns to play music on that great stereo setup. The best part about the Charge 3 is that it comes with a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery (6000mAh) that will give up to 20 hours of playtime and can also charge smartphones and tablets via USB. Hence, this portable Bluetooth speaker also acts as a power bank and that’s an awesome feature to have.
The JBL Charge 3 also has a built-in microphone and thus you can turn it into a speakerphone with the touch of a button and make crystal clear calls thanks to its noise and echo-canceling technology. It is IPX7 certified and that makes it waterproof. You can even connect multiple JBL Connect enabled speakers together and take the audio experience to a new level. The Charge 3 is made up of durable fabric material and rugged rubber that allows the speaker to outlast all kind of adventures. Thus, it is very durable and you can take it out for a spin anywhere.
The JBL Charge 3 is a champion speaker which does not cost a lot but it offers tremendous value for money. We would completely recommend it as it is one of the best bluetooth speakers available right now.
3. Anker SoundCore 2
Anker, a renowned accessories brand also sells good portable Bluetooth speakers. Here, we are talking about the Anker SoundCore 2. It is a portable wireless Bluetooth speaker that offers a whopping 24 hours of battery life. It means you can play up to 500 songs with the help of the built-in high-capacity Li-ion battery and Anker’s industry-leading power management technology. SoundCore 2 is an upgraded variant of the original SoundCore but it has been engineered to deliver the same build and clarity as the older one along with 2x 6W high-performance drivers.
Anker offers BassUp technology, which is there in-house tech to provide a wide sound range including deep lows. The SoundCore 2 is water-resistant as it comes with IP5X certification. It is also dustproof and hence you can take your music anywhere without worrying. The “Grab and go” portable design will let you take it anywhere and play music. The design is generic but it is durable. We also get a built-in microphone for making calls but there is an echoing issue while using the speakerphone.
The Anker SoundCore 2 is one of the best value for money portable speakers available in 2018. You will get a 66 feet range for playing music via Bluetooth and that is pretty good as well. So we would recommend the SoundCore 2 as one of the best budget portable speakers.
4. Bose SoundLink Color II
Bose is a premium brand in the audio industry and it undoubtedly one of the best in town. However, they tend to be very expensive. We have chosen the Bose SoundLink Color II Bluetooth speaker as it is a mid-ranged small speaker and it sounds very impressive. The SoundLink Color II has a rugged body that is made up of soft-touch silicone exterior, which makes it very easy to pick up and use it on the go. It might have a small body but innovative Bose technology makes it very powerful.
The SoundLink Color II has dual opposing passive radiators and that helps it pump out sound while keeping vibrations to an absolute minimum. It is also water-resistant and hence you can listen by a pool or lake without any worries. The built-in Lithium-ion battery will give you up to 8 hours of play time and it can be recharged using USB adapters. You can use voice commands to pair your devices via Bluetooth or even quick pair with NFC devices. We also get a built-in mic for speakerphone or accessing smart assistants like Siri or Google Now.
Th Bose SoundLink Color II offers a wireless range of about 30 feet and offers a premium audio experience. It is easily one of the best portable bluetooth speakers under $150.
5. Amazon Echo (2017)
Amazon Echo (2nd generation) is a great smart speaker that comes with improved sound and a new design. The new speaker is available in six styles including fabrics and wood veneers. You can connect Echo to Alexa and play music, make calls, set alarms, ask questions, control smart home devices and much more. The possibilities of smart speakers such as Amazon Echo are endless as it becomes smarter over time and understands your needs better.
You can play multi-room music on compatible Echo devices such as Echo and Echo Plus in different rooms and create a party atmosphere. It can even play audiobooks, radio stations, news briefs and more. It has a far-field mic setup which you can use for calling or messaging anyone by using voice commands. The new Echo speaker comes with Dolby processing and thus it offers crisp vocals and dynamic bass. We get 360-degree omnidirectional audio and it gives an immersive music experience. The Echo comes with seven microphones along with beam-forming technology and noise cancellation. Hence, it can hear you from any direction even when it is playing music for you. It is not a portable speaker and is more suitable for homes.
The Amazon Echo is an amazing product but you should not purchase it for taking it out for a ride wherever you go. It is not waterproof and requires an adapter. You can surely purchase it for the smart assistant ‘Alexa’ and listening to music at home.
6. Ultimate Ears Roll 2
Ultimate Ears Roll 2 is an ultra-portable wireless Bluetooth speaker that is also waterproof. It is a perfect companion for playing music on the go. It might look very small but it packs a punch. It has a maximum sound level of 85dBA. You can play music via smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth wireless audio profile (A2DP) or 3.5mm audio jack. It is possible to pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled devices and connect up to two source devices at the same time. Also, stream audio to two UE Roll 2 speakers from one source for a stereo effect. It offers up to 30 meter range.
UE Roll 2 is also IPX7 rated and hence can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes. You can literally take your music inside the pool if you’re an adventurous soul. However, we would suggest you to keep it beside your pool. Coming to battery life, you will get up to 9 hours of playtime and it is not bad for a small portable speaker. However, it will take around 5.5 hours to charge the device from 0-100 and that is quite a lot of time.
The UE Roll 2 is an excellent portable speaker available at an affordable price but it also lacks a built-in microphone and does not have NFC support. However, we would suggest you this speaker if you’re looking for a ultra-portable speaker.
7. JBL Flip 4
JBL Flip 4 is a wireless Bluetooth streaming speaker that can be connected to two smartphones or tablets simultaneously and play from one source at a time. It delivers impressive stereo audio but lacks bass. It comes with a built-in 3000mAh battery and supports up to 12 hours of playtime. However, you cannot use it as a powerbank which is possible with the JBL Charge series. It has voice assistant integration and thus you can access Siri or Google Now with a press of a button.
The JBL Flip 4 has a built-in microphone and hence turns the speaker into a speakerphone with the touch of a button. You can make crystal clear calls thanks to the noise and echo-canceling technology. It is IPX7 rated and thus is one of the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers in the market right now. You can submerge it under water without any worries. The Flip 4 can be linked with more than 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers to start a large party and amplify the music.
The dual external passive radiators make the speaker very powerful indeed and hence it is a value for money device. We would certainly recommend the JBL Flip 4 waterproof wireless bluetooth speaker priced around $90.
8. AmazonBasics Dual 3W
AmazonBasics is an in-house brand from Amazon that provides quality accessories at very affordable pricing. The AmazonBasics Dual 3W offers very high-quality audio and can play music from up to 30 feet (10m) via any Bluetooth enabled device including smartphone, tablet or laptop. It comes with two internal speakers of 3W each and also has a built-in microphone for making hands-free calls. It is very irritating if a Bluetooth speaker does not have a mic as you have to disconnect it when you get a call.
The Dual 3W Bluetooth speaker from the house of AmazonBasics will give up to 15 hours of battery life on a single charge for listening to music or making calls. It is very portable as well and offers a lot of value for money. However, we do not get a rugged or waterproof body. Thus, you have to take care of this speaker and cannot throw it around for fun. If you’re an audiophile and have great taste in music and would not compromise on music quality, this speaker is not for you. It is mainly for an average joe who would like a cheap speaker that works well.
The AmazonBasics Dual 3W bluetooth speaker is a must have for basic usage. It is very affordable and offers a lot in a small package. We would definitely recommend this budget portable speaker.
9. Vava Voom 21
Vava Voom 21 might sound a bit strange at first but it is a good wireless Bluetooth speaker. It comes with two 5W drivers, 10W subwoofer and two passive radiators, which in turn produces loud, quality audio. It has aptX audio coding paired with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for premium CD-quality audio experience. Also, the bass performance from the powerful subwoofer in the special “surround” mode is the best in this price category, according to the company.
The Vava Voom 21 offers up to 10 hours of battery life and that is very impressive for a budget speaker. It boasts of a 6700mAh battery under its hood and you can even use it as a powerbank to charge your devices as it has a built-in 5V/1A charging port. There are 3 equalizer modes including Classic, Party and Surround to enhance your music but you can also change it from your audio player or smartphone’s audio settings. You can pair up to two devices at once and seamlessly switch between them. Also, we get NFC connectivity and a good old 3.5mm audio jack.
The Vava Voom 21 has bulky design and limited color options but it is a great value for money speaker. You will be getting good audio output and battery life along with powerbank support. Hence, we would recommend the Vava Voom 21 bluetooth speaker as it is one of the best portable wireless speakers in 2018.
10. Sony XB10
The Sony XB10 is one of the best compact Bluetooth speakers in the world that offers extra bass. It is a mono speaker which gives deep and punchy sound. The XB10 is also IPX5 rated and thus it is water-resistant. You cannot dip it inside a pool but you can certainly take it out in rain or splash water on it without damaging the speaker. The best part of this compact speaker is its 16-hour battery life, which is one of the best in the industry if not the best.
The Sony XB10 speaker can be connected with another one to create the stereo sound effect. It also has NFC support and thus you can pair your NFC enabled device by just touching the speaker. You can literally pick up the XB10, keep it in your bag and take it anywhere you want to listen to great music. However, it is a dust magnet and thus you have to be careful. Since it is water-resistant, you can easily wash it from time to time. The audio output is average as it is bass heavy and sometimes audio distorts at the highest volume.
The Sony XB10 is surely one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers for you if you’re a bass lover. The incredible battery life and water-resistant compact design makes it a must buy under $40.
All these speakers are good in their own way and hence have made it to the top 10 list of best portable Bluetooth speakers. In our opinion, we would choose the Ultimate Ears Blast if we wanted a smart speaker and our budget was also on the higher side. When it comes to a compact budget speaker, we would choose the Sony XB10 and UE Boom 2. In terms of the most value for money speaker, we would go with the Vava Voom 21 and AmazonBasics Dual 3W.
We really hope that you have liked our researched article on best Bluetooth speakers that are available in the market in 2018. Most speakers have waterproofing technology now and we would highly recommend you to choose one which is either water-resistant or waterproof. Also, if your budget is on the higher side and you have smart home accessories, then go for a smart speaker like the Ultimate Ears Blast or Amazon Echo. These are the future of speakers and if you’re an early adopter, you should jump on the bandwagon now. We will keep on updating the article every month to include the latest wireless speakers. Do post your comments regarding which Bluetooth speaker are you currently using or looking forward to purchasing. We will come back with more long-form buying guides very soon. Until then, take care!
Note: All the products are mentioned will be available on Amazon but we are not sure about other platforms. If you have used any other best product which is not available then your feedback in the comments section will be welcomed.
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